I find this play so intriguing. Greg has loaded it with many layers in a beautiful and artful way. It feels honest. The characters are very real and the subtlety with which they are drawn leave an actor a lot to think about. There are plenty of mysteries to excavate, which I really like. Working with Gianna and Robin is fantastic. The production team and entire Vermont Stage organization work hard to support us and bring this gem to life.
What is your favorite line in the play?
This is an interesting question that I'm not going to answer directly. I don't really have a favorite line. I have lines I can't stop thinking about because I can't quite figure them out or where Sterling’s head was when he said them. These lines say little about anything out of context but a massive amount in the moment they live inside the character speaking them. I do like when Becky calls me Ster-fry though.
Is there anything about your character that you can relate to?
Life is filled with complicated choices and unknowable outcomes. None of us is perfect, so if you can't rectify and forgive yourself for the inevitable missteps, your life will be fractured until you can. That is where Sterling is, and though it’s maddening to see what he puts himself through, I can relate. Also I can totally relate to his awkwardness.
How have you been preparing to take on this role?
I've gleaned the script for as many clues as I can find about Sterling…how he thinks and his world. I've also spent a lot of time thinking about his life, trying to fill in as many details as I can. For research I didn’t go live in the jungle but I read about it and I did make a smoothie at home.
Is there anything about playing this role that intimidates you? Why?
I admit to feeling intimidation at some point in most productions I am involved in. I'm guessing Sterling might put himself through the same thing.